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Friday, July 28, 2017

POOF Outdoor Games Star Toss Game

This is essentially horseshoes without the metal stakes and heavy shoes.  It is a fun game, even for adults.  However, grandkids often seem to think that their grandfather is the target and not the stake. The material is soft enough the no grandparents were permanently maimed while playing.  The plastic stars are less rigid than a Frisbee but seem a bit harder.g. 

  • Shooting stars!
  • A new spin on the classic game of horseshoes.
  • 1-4 players have 4-ways to score points
  • Includes 4 stars, 2 ground stakes and instructions
  • Recommended for children 6 years of age and older

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Nelson 2 in 1 Pre-Set Water Timer 56606 and 56607 Useless Warranty

Update:  I first reviewed the 56606 and after two years it died.  In 2016 I got two more of the 56607 model and one of them died in 6 months.  I have tried to get warranty support to no avail. 

I would strongly AGAINST advise buying one of these timers due to the companies dis-interest in customer support. 

I like my flowers but sometimes when I travel they are neglected.  I hate to bug the neighbor kid or one of my own grown kids to come and water my flowers.   I found this on Amazon and it did the trick. 

From the Amazon product description. 
  • 18 pre-set watering selections plus auto on/off
  • Digital LCD time display
  • Superior ease of use, no programming required
  • Metal ergo swivel coupling
  • Reliable diaphragm design for long battery life, requires 2 AA batteries(not included)
I am never sure how many stars to give a product. This time did exactly what I wanted. It was easy to bypass when I needed the hose and it kept my plants hydrated when I was out of town. It does not feel beefy so I treated it with care and it did exactly what I wanted. I recommend the product.  It was $24.99 at Amazon.

Flowers survived travel and grandchildren (no timer needed for kid)
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Phantom Aquatics Speed Sport Signature Mask Fin Snorkel Set

The face mask is very nice with a wide band for the back that should prevent chafing.  The snorkel works well in the shower, my pool isn't open yet to see how it works in the pool.  The fins are sized appropriately for a kid.  I like the adjustment straps, they are easy to adjust.The set should provide a lot of fun for the grandkids.

  • Twice the speed with half the effort
  • Open heel snorkeling fin with adjustable strap
  • Comfort fit liquid silicone skirt for water-tight Seal
  • Low internal volume silicone mask
  • Semi-dry top valve snorkel to help prevent water entry

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sabrent 4 Port Mini Portable USB 3.0 Hub [2-ft cable] the World's Smallest USB 3.0 Hub (HB-MNBW)

Good size to carry in your computer bag.  I tested all the ports, all work. Good gadget at a good price. 

·                        Expand by connecting up to 4 USB 3.0, 2.0, or 1.1 devices to any USB 3.0 or 2.0 capable computer
·                        Compatible with all Windows/Mac/Linux systems.
·                        Supports USB 3.0 transfer rates up to 5Gbps. Backwards compatible with all USB 2.0/1.1 devices and hosts

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Seedling Littles Magical Hero Dress Up Cape Costume Kit for Toddlers Ages 2-4

This is really cute.  My granddaughter is into dress up and I like to see her have options. No reason she can’t be a caped crusader with unicorns.  Nice concept and good execution.  A little pricey at $27.20 at Amazon but should be lots of fun. 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SABRE Personal Safety Kit – Keychain Pepper Spray

SABRE Personal Safety Kit – Keychain Pepper Spray (Police Strength with 25Bursts, up to 5x other Brands) + LOUD 120 dB Keychain Personal Alarm Audible 600 Feet (185 m) Away

I'm not sure how to review something that you don't want to use unless you really, really need to use it.  I tested the personal alarm and it is loud.  Frankly not as loud as I thought it would be but still irritatingly loud, as it should be.   The pin pulling pressure seemed reasonable and not too difficult but enough difficulty that it shouldn't be accidentally pulled.

No one I have asked is willing to be pepper sprayed to determine if it is a serious deterrent.  Having been exposed to tear gas back in the 70's, I certainly am not willing to pepper spray myself.  It is one of those things that you hope works if you ever need it. It has a turn and push for spray which seems reasonably secure for carrying without fear of accidental discharge. It seems like a good value.


From the vendor:

·                        POWERFUL PROTECTION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS–Have the most powerful pepper spray available in your grasp, coupled with an attention-grabbing 120 dB alarm both from the industry’s most trusted source
·                        PROTECTION AGAINST MULTIPLE THREATS AT A SAFE DISTANCE–SABRE Pepper spray contains 25 bursts (up to 5x other brands) at up to 10 feet (3 m) away
·                        AMPLIFIES YOUR CALL FOR HELP–120 dB, re-usable, dual siren alarm calls for assistance in an emergency and can even help deter & frighten off an attacker. Simply pull & replace keychain pin to turn on/off
·                        EASY ACCESS, EASY-TO-USE ON-THE-GO SAFETY–Attach to your keys, bag, or backpack and be prepared to defend yourself and alert others should danger occur
·                        GREATER VALUE–Get both great personal security tools with this convenient combo pack, two great personal security tools for one low price


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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Tommy Hilfiger Men's 'Sophisticated Sport' Quartz Resin and Stainless-Steel Casual Watch, Color:Gold-Toned (Model: 1791365)

This is a beautiful watch.  It has day of the week and day of the month dials that are practically invisible.  The print on the tiny little brochure with the watch gives a web site where you can view the manuals with the suggestion that it is all on line to provide a "greener" footprint.  Print was so small that I had to use a magnifying glass to verify the website. I could not find the exact model of watch on the support website.  I did find it on the sales website which has no discernable link to the support website.  The support website had suggestions on how to resize the band on several watches but not on this watch.   The watch is good for time and appearance, very poor for day and date. It will need to be taken to a jeweler to be sized accurately. 

 From the vendor:

·                        3H 46Mm Gp Case/ Alum. Bezel/ Sil. Wht Dial/ Gp Bracelet
·                        Durable mineral crystal protects watch from scratches
·                        Quartz Movement
·                        Case Diameter: 46mm
·                        Water resistant to 30m (100ft): in general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming or bathing

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Poor Customer Service Arctic Aire ADR30B1G 30 Pint Dehumidifier by Danby

I did a lot of research to determine which dehumidifier would best suit my needs.  I was particularly interested in the warranty.   Too many Amazon products do not list the warranty and frankly I pass over the bulk of those.  If they can't publish their warranty, it is not a good sign.  This unit has a 2 year warranty with an additional 2 months if you register it and fill  out a survey.   It is a carry in warranty and it took some digging to determine who you  would carry it in to for service.   There is an authorized dealer reasonably close so that made my decision for me. 

The unit came surprisingly fast,  five days before their estimated delivery.  The wheels were attached but since this is going to sit on a table, I removed them.  Surprisingly they removed and would reinstall very easily.  Set up was simple.  I put it on a table so I would have some height to provide me with a gravity feed to my sump hole.   The unit comes with an adapter that you install to enable continuous operation  using a standard garden hose.  The adapter is simple and would be easier to install if the screws that were supposed to be included had been there.

Here is where the review goes a bit south. I called customer service and told them it was missing the installation screws for the hose adapter. A very pleasant woman asked me if I had checked the plastic bag that enclosed the manual.  I reassured her that I had checked the bag, the box, the water bucket and the floor in the surrounding area to no avail. She then told me it was too much trouble to send me the screws, I should just go out and buy some.  She was kind enough to provide me with the size, #6, 3/4" phillips pan head screws.   Now it is nice to know what I should have gotten and the screws are hardly a major expense.   However it worries me that the cavalier attitude regarding their lack of screws suddenly became my problem.  Now I wonder what the 26 month warranty is worth.  

Needless to say, a product that appears to be working fine and should meet my needs has suddenly become a strong annoyance.   I will not return it for the price of a couple of screws as that is more hassle than it is worth.   I will say that they have certainly undermined any confidence I had in my purchase. 

30 pint capacity per 24 hours
For areas up to 1500 square feet
LED Display with Electronic Controls
Direct drain operation for continuous operation
Removable Air Filter
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